Recent Stayton Obituaries





Bula Grace (Weddle) Smith
January 14, 1912 – May 23, 2012

Stayton – Bula, 100, died Wednesday in Beaverton. She was born in Stayton and lived there all of her life, until moving to Beaverton 1˝ years ago. Bula graduated from Stayton High School in 1930, and was a star on the girl’s basketball team because she was so tall. She attended Oregon State University for two years before going to work in Portland as a comptroller for Portland Motor Stages and later in a bank.

She married Fernando Martin “Farmer” Smith on May 19, 1940 in Portland. He preceded her in death on May 24, 1997. They met in high school, albeit Farmer was one year ahead of her. They took frequent trips around the U.S. by car, and also traveled internationally. She and Farmer enjoyed a dinner with former presidents Gerald Ford and Richard Nixon. They were charter members of both the Santiam Golf Club and Illahe Country Club, and also members of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Stayton.

Bula was a voracious reader, a member of Santiam Bowling, and enjoyed playing cards, especially bridge. She also liked golfing, needlepoint, sewing, gardening, and entertaining, as well as cooking and canning. Her famous pumpkin pie recipe was featured on the label of the Santiam brand of canned pumpkin. She started making pickles – sweet, dill and bread and butter - when she was 28 and continued well into her 90s. In well over 60 years of pickle making, she canned and distributed roughly 10,000 quarts to her friends and family. Her secret to getting the cucumbers clean and smooth was to run them through the washing machine.

Bula completed The Oregonian crossword puzzle daily and did her sit-up routine before she started her day. She and her sister, Gladys, could frequently be found at local garage and estates sales, looking for treasures.

Bula is survived by her three children: Dean (JoAnn) Smith of Lake Oswego, Paul (Mary) Smith of Boulder, CO., and Susan (Tom) Kuczmarski of Chicago, IL.; 10 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by 1 brother and 4 sisters.

Visitation will be Monday, May 28 from 3-8 pm at North Santiam Funeral Sevice in Stayton. Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, May 29 at 10:00 am at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Stayton. Interment in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Stayton. Contributions may be made to the Brown House Restoration c/o Santiam Heritage Foundation PO Box 161 Stayton, OR 97383 or St. Mary Elementary School 1066 N. Sixth Ave. Stayton, OR 97383. Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.


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